Planting the Seed
It’s the time of the year when my mom begins to comb through her seed catalogs and starts to plan her vegetable garden. My parents have a built-in greenhouse, of sorts, between the kitchen and the back entrance to the house. The year-round resident Christmas cacti love the place.
Once she has set the garden plan and made the plant selections, the seeds are then placed into starter sets. The trays of seeds are nurtured by the warmth of the pilot lights on the gas stove, and they are covered in plastic wrap to keep the soil from drying out too much. Once the seedlings burst through the soil’s surface, the trays then graduate to the greenhouse to be cared for until each individual plant can go into the ground after the last frost. Memories from my youth include watching the daily evolution of the seeds become plants.
Knitters follow the same path as my mom. We browse through our library of books and magazines, planning our garden of projects. No doubt, in a burst of enthusiasm, we start several at once. From seeds to seedlings, we cultivate them and watch our projects grow before our eyes.
Sometimes we just work on projects that friends call “mindless,” when actually they are mind-full. Our thoughts are elsewhere, while at the same time, we knit. Soon the piece is big enough to be put into the garden, like my mom’s seedlings. Spring is the time for renewal and rebirth. I urge you to tend to your knitting gardens this time of the year, by planting seeds and watching them grow.
Perhaps instead of a new project, you’d like to try a new technique. Have you ever wanted to hand-dye yarn but thought it was too complicated or expensive? It looks like lots of fun and the results can be made into something to wear! Hélène Rush leads you step-by-step through the process of hand-dying in your kitchen. She explains exactly how to get those special effects that the pros do by using simple and safe dyes from Knit One, Crochet Too, beginning on page 34.
Many of you know Laura Bryant as the principal hand-dyer and owner of Prism Yarns. She is an amazing talent: weaver, hand-dyer, author, wearable artist, and knitwear designer. Her recent one-woman gallery exhibit of her textile art in Florida was an outstanding collection of color, texture, and form. In addition to showcasing selections from her knitwear collection, we are pleased to present a piece from her gallery show. Michael del Vecchio’s interview with her begins on page 18.
Eleonora Natili, our faithful fashion reporter, attended the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City, NY. She will update us from the runway regarding ready-to-wear fashions in knitwear for this year’s spring and summer seasons.
Lots to inspire you – Let’s get started!